EUGENE, Ore. † Oregon Acrobatics and Tumbling will look to get back into form this weekend when they travel west to take on No. 5 Hawaii Pacific.
The Ducks and Sharks will both be looking for their first win this weekend after both teams started the year with meets against top-ten opponents. Oregon dropped its last measure 275,690-271,270 to No. 6 Gannon while HPU fell twice in a tri-meet against the Knights (269.965-251.771) and No. 2 Azusa Pacific (275,600-251,771).
Oregon saw encouraging signs in its last meet. The Ducks improved their scores in the compulsory and toss events while also improving in key heats in the acro, pyramid and tumbling events.
When: Saturday, March 12
Where: The Shark Tank | Honolulu, Hawaii
time: 8 p.m. PT
Watch ($): portal.stretchinternet.com/hpusharks
THE DUCKS vs. THE SHARKS
Oregon and Hawai’i Pacific will be facing off for the tenth time since 2014. The Ducks own a 9-1 record against the Sharks with their only loss in the series coming in 2015 when HPU defeated UO 282.050-280295 in Honolulu. The two teams are well-connected on the coaching front as well. Hawaii Pacific head coach Haley Garelick is an Oregon alum and former assistant coach while current UO assistant Daisha Paulino is an HPU grad who served as an assistant coach there before joining Taylor Susana‘s first staff in 2021.
NCATA CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO EUGENE IN 2022
The 2022 season will also mark the first time Oregon has hosted the NCATA National Championships since the inaugural event in 2011. The Ducks were slated to host the 2020 championships before the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the second half of the season. Oregon won the national championship the last time that the Ducks hosted, the first of three national titles.
HISTORY OF SUCCESS
The Ducks have a storied history with acrobatics and tumbling that includes being one of the sport’s pioneers. They are also one of the most successful programs in the country with appearances at every national championship event since the first one in 2011. Oregon has reached the NCATA Championship Finals nine times in the ten years of the event, winning national titles in 2011, 2013 and 2014. The Ducks have reached the semifinals in all nine years and have finished as national runner-up five times. Oregon also owns more than 40 individual event titles and 25 Ducks have been named All-Americans.